Presented by Balint Misetics on March 27, 2018, at 12 pm Eastern Time
1. Introduction of the Speaker: 00:00 – 2:42
2. Presentation: 2:43 – 33:16
3. Questions and Answers: 33:17 – 1:00:28
The eviction of impoverished, indebted families is becoming increasingly common in Hungary—but so too are anti-eviction blockades. Nonviolent direct action has been used in such circumstances for years by the Hungarian grassroots activist group The City Is For All, which brings activists living in homelessness and housing poverty to work together with allies for the right to housing for all.
What lessons can be learned from this, and how can such confrontational tactics be embedded in a broader campaign strategy? Furthermore, if all evictions can be stopped, why is it important to use nonviolent direct action even in those cases? The webinar provides an insider view on the struggle against evictions and an interpretation of the role that tactics of civil resistance play in that struggle.
Balint Misetics studied social theory and social policy in Budapest, the United States, and Oxford (UK). He is a founding member of A Város Mindenkié (The City is for All), a Hungarian grassroots activist group in which people living in housing poverty and their allies work together for housing rights. Besides working on his PhD in social policy, he is a regular trainer on nonviolent resistance, and he also edited a Hungarian reader on the topic.
Relevant Online Resources
Misetics, Bálint (2017). “Homelessness, citizenship and need interpretation: reflections on organizing with homeless people in Hungary.” Interface: A Journal on Social Movements, 9(1): 389-423.
Homepage of The City is for All – English language content
A 10 minutes long, 2013 video about the group with English subtitles